Thursday, December 22, 2016

My Holiday Sports run Continues!

Still a couple of weeks left in my Holiday Run.  December can be a great month for a stringer.  Loving my D500 camera.  Love the low light capablity of it, love the frame per second, love the anti-flicker technology.  Love that the focus point can be set to move when you change from horizontal to vertical shooting.  Love that it came with a name brand battery grip.

My only real compliant about the D500 it so far is the way it eats up batteries.  I have a lot of extra batterie and using a battery grip help.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

More sports photos and some wild art

Learned that its okay to shoot basketball and wider apertures than imagined.  My 50mm prime lens set at f/ 2.0 did a fine job.  I'm very tempted to leave my 17-50mm  f/ 2.8 zoom at home for basketball, but it can be nice for wide horizontal shots.  More on that next week when the shots get printed.

Dec 1 B-22

Dec 1 A-24

Dec 1 B-4

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Sports and Salmon

Keeping busy for now.  I went ahead and ordered a D500 camera, this will insure no profit for the year, but it is needed for sports.  I hope to have it later this week.  I wish it could come today since swimming and bowling are on the schedule for tomorrow.

Nov 24th A-7

Nov 24th B-1

Nov 24 B-4

Monday, November 7, 2016

One last football game

This is the darkest stadium in the county and it has flickering lights.  This team had a game to make up, so there was one last game to shoot.

Kick placeholder sacked by the home team.  Same stadium, different game.
 This one turned out red but it was fixable in Adobe camera raw
Silverdale Stadium has much nicer lighting.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Final Football Games

I'm the sports photographer for now, so I've been keeping busy.  Got to shoot my first daylight football game,  really enjoyed being able to shoot at a decent shutter speed.  Got some condensation inside of my camera during the game, so went to my car and grabbed my other camera body and put my long lens on it to finish the job.

Nov. 3 B-1

Nov 3 B-1

I Photographed two night games 22 miles apart that started at the same time.  I covered the first game for one quarter and finally got to meet Kitsap Sun photographer Steve Zugschwerdt.  I was surprised that he mistook me for the team photographer with my double camera photojournalist set up.  He was using a zoom lens on a monopod and standing up.  I got to the second game just before the start of half time.  The hometeam got clobbered at both games.

It turned out to be homecoming night at the first game and I had the wrong lens out for the job, so I rushed back to my car get my other camera.  I can photo half time stuff with a flash and a long lens, but I get terrible red eye doing that.  It's better to have the flash off of the camera or at least above it.  There was a lot of red eye in one of the shots I turned in, the paper fixed up the red eyes before printing.

Nov 3 B-5

Nov 3 B-7 shot with long lens

Nov 3 A-26 shot with long lens and flash, lots of red eye was removed for printing

Varsity photo for the advertising department

And finally a soccer photo essay in the pouring rain Nov 3 B-9

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Football Season

I've been busy lately.  I was asked to do team photos for 3 local teams.  I researched it on the web and think I came up with some pretty good ideas.  I only had 5 minutes with the football team and it is not my favorite photo of the series.

I also did a photo essay on mushrooms and managed to sneak in some details about moss too.  One of my microscopic pictures was printed.

At our home teams football stadium I am shooting 1/640th ISO 6,400 f/2.8 and still getting some underexposed photos.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016


Practicing on the local soccer players all summer, seems to have paid off.  I'm having a much better time with Football this fall.  I've been using just my 70-200 f/2.8 lens and my crop sensor camera and getting passable photos.  Sure a full frame camera and a 400mm lens would be nice, but I still can't justify the price for either of those items and if I owned a rig like that and then dropped it and broke it, I would probably cry.

Printed on Page B-8 Sept. 29th

An Award this Week

I was very happy to win this award from the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association this week.

Friday, September 23, 2016

The Feast Continues

September 22 Page A24

September 22 Page A15

Looking for layers and reflections these days.  Bouncing my flash whenever I can.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Dogs, Kittens and a House

It's feast or famine, as usual and I don't mind that.   This week was a feast.

Sept 15th A-1
Sept. 15th A-13


Friday, August 5, 2016

Busy fun weekend

Three jobs this weekend and some hard news.  I got to meet Larry Stegall of the Bremerton Sun at a fishing protest.  This was the first time I have covered an event where I was not the only photojournalist.  The Sun had a reporter there too.

Larry took the same picture of the man holding a net and his picture made the front page of his daily newspaper.  I got a front page photo as well, but the news was a bit more "furry".

A week ago I turned in a photo essay based on the rocks movement.  This one was unique for me due to it being an ongoing event.  I did it over the course of several days and I had a lot of control over the direction of it unlike when I show up for a one time event and shoot what ever is there.  I knew I wanted pictures of kids painting rocks, so I asked the community if any rock painting events were coming up.

Lastly I photographed a teddy bear drive.  I had no information about this event before hand.  When I got there I was pleasantly surprised to learn that the event was sponsored by the yesteryear car club.  I've photographed those folks a few times before and they are always happy to have me at their events.  I think they appreciate that I am a local too.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Compost Pile Fire. Spot News

For this one I took my daughter along and let her try out both of my cameras.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Soccer Campionship

Some reprinted photos

A reprinted photo in the sports section

Friday, June 17, 2016